Team Telekom's Pinarello Prince LS

Purple monster
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Custom rigs for all occasions

By John Stevenson

According to Luuc Eisenga of Team Telekom, the German powerhouse squad chose Pinarello for its team bikes because of their "high quality and flexibility".

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Record brakes
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Telekom sits at one end of the custom/production bike range – all the team's bikes are custom made for the individual rider, and Fausto Pinarello builds special bikes for special circumstances.

Probably the most famous special occasion for Telekom is Milano-San Remo. Erik Zabel gets a new bike immediately before the race, as revealed by Telekom mechanic Ken Ilegems in our interview last month. "The bike is brandnew and features everything that we have to make the bike perfect. This is a tradition of Pinarello (up until now it has paid-off...)," says Luuc.

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Carbon brifters
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But that's not all. For the World Time Trial championships, Pinarello built a special bike for Jan Ullrich: "Because of the course, we had a bike with the geometry of a TT bike, and the tubing of the superlite Prince."

The bikes are fully Campagnolo-equipped with a smattering of the carbon fiber weight-saving measures introduced by Campagnolo over the last few years to its Record group, including the carbon Record seatpost, and carbon brake/shift levers.

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3T stem and Hiddenset
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3T provides the bars and stems for the team, keeping with the Italian theme. In fact, about the only parts of Team Telekom's bikes not sources from the Mediterranean boot are the German-made Continental tubular tyres.

Rounding out the spec, the riders perch on Selle Italia saddles.

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SRM power-measuring cranks
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When we took these shots of a Telekom bike at the Tour Down Under, one piece of evidence of the time of year was distinctly on show: SRM power-measuring cranks. You're unlikely to see these on Telekom's bikes in the middle of the season, but at this time of year they're a valuable training tool.

Full specification

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Frame: Aluminium with carbon fiber seatstays
Fork: Pinarello carbon fiber
Colour: Telekom magenta with black

Cranks: Campagnolo Record 39 or 41/53T (depending on event)
Bottom bracket: Campagnolo Record
Chain: Campagnolo Record
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Record
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Record
Brakes & levers: Campagnolo Record
Rear sprockets: Campagnolo Record

Wheels: Campagnolo
Spokes: Campagnolo Record
Rim: Campagnolo Record
Skewers: Campagnolo Record
Tires: Continental tubulars

Stem: 3T
Bar: 3T
Tape: Pinarello
Head set: Campagnolo Hiddenset

Pedals: Campagnolo
Seat post: Campagnolo Record carbon
Saddle: Selle Italia

More information: Cyclingnews teams database, Team Telekom's website, Pinarello's website